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<p>Bruno Mars in new teaser</p>

Bruno Mars in new teaser

Watch: Bruno Mars announces 'Heavenly' new single drop date

in the meantime, enjoy him in shiny gold shorts

We haven’t heard much from Bruno Mars since his dazzling performance at this year's Grammys, but the  "Just The Way You Are" singer is  about to come back. The producer/songwriter/singer returns Oct. 1 with his new single, “Locked Out Of Heaven.”  There's no official word on when the follow-up album to 2011's "DooWops and Hooligans" will come out, although Mars tweeted that he has finished the set.

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"Scary Movie 5"

 "Scary Movie 5"

See a new photo from the set of 'Scary Movie 5' featuring reality TV stars

A 'Mob Wives' star will come to blows with a 'Real Housewives' icon

"Scary Movie 5" doesn't hit theaters until April 19, 2013, but fans of the franchise can get a peek at what's to come from this photo from the film -- and it seems this movie is pulling at least a few stars from the small screen and sending them into battle.

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<p>'Hitchcock'</p>

'Hitchcock'

Credit: Fox Searchlight

'Hitchcock' to open AFI Film Festival

Anthony Hopkins starrer will make its world premiere at L.A. event

This year's AFI Film Festival will open with the world premiere of "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense.

The film explores the making of the director's iconic 1960 horror film "Psycho."

It also stars Helen Mirren as Hitch's wife Alma, while the "Psycho" cast will be portrayed as follows: Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil! The Story of Anvil") is directing from a script based on the Stephen Rebello book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

Credit: ABC

Interview: Kerry Washington discusses Season 2 of ABC's 'Scandal'

Thursday's premiere is titled 'White Hat's Off'
"Scandal" was one of the pleasant surprises of last spring.
 
Held back until April and then rushing through its first season in only seven episodes, the Shonda Rhimes-created Beltway drama proved to be stylish, soapy, occasionally shocking and, as the title suggests, scandalous. 
 
Anchoring the whole production was a compelling performance by Kerry Washington, playing uber-fixer Olivia Pope, a success-at-any-cost DC mastermind with a sensitive past involving the President of the United States.
 
"Scandal" returns to ABC on Thursday (September 27) night with an episode titled "White Hat's Off." Last week, I got on the phone with Washington to chat about the premiere and the development of "Scandal" into its second season. 
 
Washington wasn't always prepared to humor my suppositions about her character, but it's still a good conversation...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 151

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 151

Dan and Alan talk 'Elementary,' 'Last Resort,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' and more

The

Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
 
As promised, here's our bonus mid-week (late-mid-week?) installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
In this episode, we review a quartet of new shows -- "Last Resort," "Elementary," "Made in Jersey" and "666 Park Avenue" -- as well as Sunday's premieres of "Dexter" and "Homeland" on Showtime.
 
Check back at the beginning of next week when we talk about a bunch of returning shows from this week and answer some mail (write us!) and other various stuff.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Last Resort" (00:00:50 - 00:17:35)
"Elementary" (00:17:35 - 00:28:00)
"Made in Jersey" (00:28:00 - 00:39:00)
"666 Park Avenue" (00:39:00 - 00:46:05)
"Dexter" (00:46:10 - 00:58:15)
"Homeland" (00:58:15 - 01:12:40)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 151: 'Last Resort,' 'Elementary,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 151: 'Last Resort,' 'Elementary,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Made in Jersey' and '666 Park Avenue'

The

The TV season is (still) here! The TV season is (still) here! Premiere week's not over yet, which means it's time for more reviews of new shows, plus thoughts on a couple of notable Showtime dramas — one coming off an Emmy-winning season nearly everyone liked, and one coming off a season almost nobody liked.

The line-up: 

"Last Resort" (00:00:50 - 00:17:35)
"Elementary" (00:17:35 - 00:28:00)
"Made in Jersey" (00:28:00 - 00:39:00)
"666 Park Avenue" (00:39:00 - 00:46:05)
"Dexter" (00:46:10 - 00:58:15)
"Homeland" (00:58:15 - 01:12:40)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>From Grizzly Bear's &quot;Yet Again&quot;</p>

From Grizzly Bear's "Yet Again"

Watch: Grizzly Bear's 'Yet Again' is the crisis of a figure skater

Creator's Project sends us through the ice

I'd never be that age again.

Grizzly Bear have debuted their new music video for "Yet Again," one of my favorites from their new album "Shields." In it, a teenaged girl who is a struggling figure skater is put through perilous trials of loneliness, drowning, fear and exhaustion, only to get up in the morning and try to put the skates back on again. It ends with an unexpected blast of emotion, amidst flying sports medals, pages from a tabloid mag and other girlish high school debris.

The New York-based troupe walks that line of noise and easy-listening when it comes to their brand of rock; as I said in my review of "Yet Again," it's the best example of how they flex their pop muscles when they've got a few guitars in the background just dying to make a cacophony. The clip's dark visuals now reflect that aesthetic, of something cold and challenging bubbling just below the four-part harmonies.

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<p>This one's just for you, ladies.</p>

This one's just for you, ladies.

Credit: HitFix

Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about make-up and young co-stars in 'Looper'

Becoming young Bruce Willis seems like it was a tremendous challenge

I am 100% convinced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to be one of the biggest working movie stars of his generation.

He may not be there quite yet, but he's been acting since a very young age, and by now, it's clear that he's got charisma in spades and that he makes really great choices as an actor.  That's both onscreen and offscreen, as it doesn't matter if you're giving the best performance in the world if it's in a movie that no one ends up seeing.  He's certainly bet on some very small films like "Hesher" and "Mysterious Skin" and, of course, "Brick," but he's also been able to work in films that made much larger commercial splashes like "Inception" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" and, of course, "The Dark Knight Rises."

It feels to me like "Looper" lands right in the middle between those two extremes.  It's a studio release, but it's a film that feels intensely personal.  It's a science-fiction film with some really remarkable moments of effects flourishes, but only in very specific moments and in service to the stories.  It's a huge film in terms of ideas, but it's also very small-scale in terms of how many characters are involved.  Much of the success (or failure, I suppose, depending on how you react to it) of the film is due to the confident and controlled lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Jonathan Moore and Elizabeth Banks

 Jonathan Moore and Elizabeth Banks

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Elizabeth Banks and Ester Dean talk 'Pitch Perfect'

The two stars struck a common chord with this musical comedy

If "The Sing-Off" didn't sell you on a cappella, "Pitch Perfect" should do the trick. A charming, often screamingly funny mix-up of "Bridesmaids" girl power and "Say Anything" romance, this is the story of a "Bad News Bears"-esque group of girls who try to take their college singing group to the top of the cutthroat world of a cappella. Best of all, there's lots of singing and dancing between the punchlines. 

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Taking questions for 9/28 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

You know the drill. Oscar Talk is back tomorrow with a new installment so if you have any burning questions, offer them here. We'll be talking NYFF and "Life of Pi," the weekend's releases and this and that. Rifle off your need-to-knows and we'll try to address a few in the podcast.

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<p>HitFix Awards</p>

HitFix Awards

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Introducing HitFix's Awards Channel

Your awards hub for film, TV and music

The move to HitFix has put us right at the center of some exciting developments on the film awards coverage side of things, and one of those elements was revealed yesterday. We've established a separate Awards Channel that will serve as your hub for all of HitFix's awards coverage, whether it's music, TV or film. We've got your Grammy, Emmy and Oscar fix.

In addition to circulating all of our content in this spectrum, the channel also offers the usual bells and whistles of HitFix: calendar reminders, links to our Contenders section, video interviews and more. There is also easy access to all of the site's festival coverage. So add a new bookmark!

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<p>Damian Lewis as Nick Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Nick Brody in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' producers Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon talk season 2

What now for Carrie, Brody, Saul and company?
"Homeland" was the best new show of 2011, and one of the best shows on TV, period, that year. (And was named the best drama on television by Emmy voters on Sunday night.) Now the show's lead producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon have to follow up on that high-wire act. I'll have a review of the start of the season later today or tomorrow (hint: I was pleased), but I spoke with Gansa and Gordon last month about the transition from one season to the next, and how they intend to deal with what happened at the end of last year. Note that I cut a few spoiler-y passages out of the interview and will run them after the season premiere airs on Sunday night.
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